About this time last year we attended an Acer press launch in London, UK, detailing the companies intent to break into the mobile phone market. Since then, things have been pretty slow moving, but consistent. We have been keeping up to date on the Acer smarphone situation and announced back Decemeber 2009 when the Acer Liquid went on sale for the first time with Expansys. Now we can confirm that the Acer A1 Liquid will be available to the UK market from the high-street retailer, The Carphone Warehouse.
“We are committed to offering the widest range of the best smartphones to our customers and are excited to bring the Acer Liquid, one [...]
While we were covering the 2010 Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona last week, I had Russ Jefferies run over to the Acer booth to get some hands on time with the “new” Acer Liquid e. I use quotes around new because this device is basically a regular Liquid that got an OS update and some new colors. The video is below:
Similar to the FCC, Bluetooth Special Interest Group is a fountain of information regarding forthcoming devices and new gadgets. In this particular instance, we have picked up some healthy snippets of news concerning the E110 by Acer.
This device is alleged to run Android and offers a quadband GSM radio along with AT&T-friendly 850 / 1900 frequencies. It also has A-GPS for finding your way. There is not much more info to go off at the moment but consider this a taster before we scoop up the real dirt at MWC.
Here is what the Bluetooth SIG had to say on the matter:
E110 Handheld, Phone E110 is a 3G bar type Smart Handheld. This product support GSM Quad band ( [...]
Acer recently refreshed its Aspire One D250 netbook, replacing Windows XP with both Windows 7 and Android. Yes, that’s right, Android on a commercially available netbook. The D250 is a true dual boot solution, offering users the ability to boot into Windows 7 or Android during startup. A wonderful idea that, unfortunately, fails due to poor hardware design as the D250 lacks a touchscreen, a critical component that is necessary for Android to operate at its full potential. You can navigate the Android OS using your keyboard and mouse but it is not the same as using your fingers to make selections and interact with the OS. On a positive note, Android boots quickly on the D250 and [...]
According to French blog, Mobinaute, Acer France unofficially confirmed that the Acer Liquid A1 will be updated to Android 2.0 in March 2010. The blog also hints that the upgrade may activate multi-touch, a feature typically seen on European Android phones and not their American counterparts. No word on whether the currently underclocked processor on the Liquid A1 will be unchained and allowed to operate at its full 1GHz capacity. If Acer did the unthinkable and incorporated multi-touch and 1GHz of processing power into this Android 2.0 update, then the Liquid A1 would become one the top Android phones and a very worthy competitor to the [...]
If FCC approval is any indication, then AT&T may finally be launching some Android devices in 2010. Two hot new handsets, the Dell Mini 3ix and the Acer Liquid A1, have recently received the FCC rubber stamp of approval, with both handsets including support for AT&T’s special flavor of 3G. We knew Dell had plans to launch their Android-powered smartphone in the US, but the recent discovery of a NAM variant of the Acer is exciting. Remember that approval is just one step of many that a manufacturer must take prior to releasing a device, it is not a guarantee that a device will actually launch. Nonetheless, we are keeping our [...]
When Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer’s mobile phone division, said last month that Acer will be offering a “much more balanced” portfolio in 2010, most people understood that statement to mean that Acer would be releasing a few additional Android handsets, perhaps as many as 4 to 5 in 2010. We are happy to report that this original estimate was a gross miscalculation. Acer confirmed on Thursday that it has up to six Android handsets on the table for release in the first half of 2010. The handsets will be broken down into three price levels (high-, mid-, and entry level) and will include both consumer oriented and business focused [...]
Technolo Shree on YouTube has posted a nice video unboxing of the new Acer A1 Liquid, which recently became available in the UK.
The unboxing is of the white version, which we’re told is the only version available in the UK at this time.
Back in March we attended a very special event by Acer which introduced their intentions of entering the mobile phone market. Even at this event they were not adverse to Android and since then we’ve seen why. The Acer Lquid A1 has recently gone on sale through online retailers Expansys and Clove, selling at £339.99 ($556) and £328.99 ($538) respectively. The A1 is the first Android smartphone to be powered by the credible 1 GHz Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processor, although Acer have opted to under-clock this device, most likely in order to conserve battery power. After all, the battery is only 1,350mAh.
Aside from a new Android phone, [...]
Acer jumped head first into the smartphone market in 2009, releasing close to 10 handsets with only one, the A1 Liquid, running the Android OS. The A1’s status as Acer’s only Android handset in the midst of a a plethora of Windows Mobile handsets may soon change. According to Aymar de Lencquesaing, head of Acer’s mobile phone division, Acer will be offering a “much more balanced” portfolio in 2010, citing the momentum behind Android as the reason for this shift away from Windows Mobile. Doing the math, we can expect to see an additional 4-5 Acer-branded Android handsets in the upcoming year.